"Seniors provide wonderful gifts to their grandchildren, loving attention that will linger in young minds, providing support for decades to come. In the public sphere, they take it away," columnist David Brooks wrote. He cited how the federal government now spends $7 on the elderly for each $1 it spends on children, and how last year, for the first time in American history, "every single penny of federal tax revenue went to pay for mandatory spending programs," mostly for seniors. Because the young lack political power, seniors need to demand changes in health care spending and the retirement age, Brooks said. "It may seem unrealistic — to expect a generation to organize around the cause of nonselfishness," he wrote. "But in the private sphere, you see it every day."